New Delhi: As the coronavirus cases are on the rise and the whole country is under complete lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed the nation and announced a 21-day complete lockdown. Also Read - 'Nationwide Lockdown, Decisive Fight to Combat COVID-19': Highlights of PM Modi's Speech
During his address, PM Modi said the Central government has allocated Rs 15,000 crore for coronavirus testing facilities, PPEs, ICUs, Ventilators and training of medical workers. Also Read - PM Modi’s Speech Today on Coronavirus: ‘Rs 15,000 Crore Allotted For Coronavirus Testing Facilities’
Saying that the Central government is taking all measures to ensure continuous supply of essential commodities, PM Modi said all essential services will continue and remain functional during the 21-day lockdown. Also Read - Fake News! No, PM Modi Isn't Going To Declare 'Financial Emergency' in Today's 8 pm Address
“We are taking all steps to ensure continuous supply of essential commodities. All essential services will continue and remain functional. List of essential services will remain unchanged since March 22 ‘Janta Curfew’,” he said.
He said the social distancing is the only solution to stay safe and to stop the coronavirus. “From Monday at 12 AM, there will be a complete lockdown across the country,” he said.
“If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days (of nationwide complete lockdown), we will be pushed back 21 years,” he said.
He said the one-day Janata Curfew showed how we Indians come together and fight against any trouble which comes before the country and the mankind.
“You have to remember that a coronavirus infected person initially appears to be normal and doesn’t show symptoms. So maintain precautions and stay at home,” he said.
He also urged people not to go out of their homes. “One step outside can make way for coronavirus into your house,” he said.
“We may have to pay financial cost for this lockdown, but it is important for safety of people. This lockdown is in a way curfew and would be more stringent than Janata Curfew,” he said.
He further added that this is the time to strengthen the resolve to fight the coronavirus. “Today India is at the stage where our actions today, will decide that to what extent we can bring down the impact of this disaster. This is the time to strengthen our resolve again and again,” he said.
He also asked people to pray for others who are working while putting their lives at risk. “Remember the doctors, nurses, paramedics, pathologists who are working day and night to save lives, hospital administration, ambulance drivers, ward boys, serving others in these tough times,” he said.